E-Learning in the Arab World is Not a Second-Class Citizen

The concept of e-learning is receiving more attention and acceptance in the Arab world than ever before. This has led to an entirely unorthodox scenario for the advancement of e-learning programs in the region, where an exaggerating number of academic facilities are now embracing the idea of e-learning.

The history may not be so positive for online universities in the Arab world, but the present represents an entirely different picture. The number of e-learning programs in online universities is growing rapidly in different parts of the Arab world, which is why e-earning competes with conventional campus-based learning environments. So, what exactly has changed today in the region that the e-learning industry is enjoying all the benefits as a first-class citizen. Let’s find out in this article.

Substantial Students’ Interest In E-Learning

Today, students look here, there, and everywhere, evaluating different options so that they can find themselves fit for professional positions as soon as possible. So, what’s not to like! Don’t we all want more results with less legwork?

According to a survey report conducted on the acceptance level of online education in the Arab world, a good majority of at least 71% people agree to the fact that e-learning is viewed as a more respected platform today than it used to be some five years back. This is the very reason why students give more preference to e-learning platforms in the region when it comes to acquiring higher education. Several other surveys on the academic scene in the region have revealed increased inclination of students towards e-learning platforms for obvious reasons for instance faster programs, convenient way of study, flexible learning hours and above all affordable fee structure.

Respect And Recognition From Employers

How e-learning concept is professed by employers, not only in the Arab world but also in all four corners of the words, determines the acceptance level of e-learning platforms. Now that’s an old notion. Today, employers in the Arab world see no difference between e-learning and traditional campus-based learning and that too at any entry level. A recent academic survey, while highlighting the growing demand for online graduates in the region, suggests that at least 61.6% professionals in the Arab world consider online graduates as their first choice for varying positions in their companies. Online graduates are proving to be companies’ must-have and valuable assets, may they be small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) or leading big regional and international companies.

Mounting Public Trust On E-Learning

When invention is coupled with uniqueness, success factor always knocks the door. E-learning might has taken some time to get its due share of acknowledgement in the Arab world at the start, but it is now a proven phenomenon. The computer-based learning has grabbed a lot of attention in the recent years and still continues to achieve new heights of success. As indicated by another private academic survey, at least 83% people in the region have shown their likeliness for e-learning programs. Given that, the Arab world has taken some serious and tangible steps for the promotion of e-learning in the recent years by training their faculty and introducing advance online programs, the public trust on online degrees has mounted as students, employers and governments have started supporting the e-learning platforms in unison.

How to Balance Work and Education In UAE

Working while pursuing a higher education degree can be a very challenging no matter what demographic scene the student belongs to. Many times, working and dealing with everyday family demands can be tiring, let alone having to study for a test or preparing an assignment. There are many key factors that play an important role in assisting working students through their academic journey successfully. A study conducted by Bayt revealed that almost 38 percent of the working adults who were pursuing their education from Dubai Universities despite being a full-time working employee in UAE, received very little or no assistance from their companies which could have helped them completing their education in an easy or  carefree manner.

Highlighted below are some of tips that can be adopted by working adults in the UAE, in order to create a work life balance.

1). Make a list of your priorities

This is very important. Realizing your priorities and focusing on them automatically helps in making a schedule that is productive for studying. Also, it helps in a balanced working routine.

2). Time Management is Important

First and foremost, start making a list of things you do all day for a week. This way, by the end of the week you’ll be able to see clearly how much time your each task takes. This also helps in omitting the ‘not-so-important’ asks to make time for studying.

3). Take one step at a time

Don’t feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks you are supposed to do. When you are a working adult, creating balance between work and education can make you panic, but it’s important that you don’t let it take its toll on you. Complete one task at a time and move on to the next.

4). Relax, it’s important

Each day, keep one task that really makes you happy or feel relaxed. Just one. Go out with friends or family, visit a relative, or a historical place. This shouldn’t be too complicated to achieve or heavy on the pocket.

5). Personal habits and lifestyle’

Being a working adult in UAE, and having to study too can be a little hectic. In all this, do not neglect your personal hygiene, sleeping and eating habits. Too much stress is not good as it can handicap your learning abilities. Remember, a healthy body means a healthy mind.

Balancing work and education in the UAE and Mena region in general has proved to be tough, especially for 10 percent people, who have already either switched their jobs due to the pressure or are actively looking for it. However, it’s not that difficult if one starts to employ their managerial skills for the purpose to create a balance in their daily routine.